Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
– Albert Einstein
This blog started as my little passion project, and at first I put money into it and yielded no return, which was fine, since I love to write. I’ve recently decided to try to make a little income from it, so you will see some links and banners, and if you make a purchase after clicking on one of these, you will help make it possible for me to continue to spend my time writing stories for you while supporting my family. I want you to know that, as a minimalist and a conscious consumer, I am extremely picky about which companies and products I choose to spotlight. Companies that I choose to support must align with my values as a minimalist, must model ethical business practices, and must be relevant to the types of things that I feel you, readers, would be interested in.
While advertising has gotten a bad rep in the world of minimalism, I believe that advertising, when not overdone, and when not “sneakily done” can effectively change the world for the better, by shedding light on those companies that are doing things responsibly and sustainably. I know this is much more of a monologue than you expect for an advertisement disclosure, but I figure, if you ended up on my blog, you are likely someone that cares about these things. I will not sell my soul for the sake of a few dollars.
Below, you will find all of the companies that I partner with to bring you great content and recommendations, along with why I’ve chosen to go with these companies:
Etsy.com: Since I don’t buy a lot of material things, when I do need something, I put a high priority on quality. I need things to last awhile so that I don’t have to continually replace them. Etsy helps entrepreneurs and small businesses get their name out there. They also have a ton of consumable goods, which makes it a prime place for a minimalist to go gift shopping.
Around the World Stories: Matt & Tania are taking one year to travel through Europe with their three daughters and their loyal Labradoodle. They are researching, writing and recording along the way. They’ve sold nearly everything they own and traded it all in for five backpacks and a doggie bike trailer. This start-up combines my love for story-telling, minimalism, quality education, and entrepreneurship. It makes a great gift for a family with young children.
IndieBound: Get connected with your local book stores through IndieBound. You don’t have to toss your money down the corporate toilets of big-box bookstores. You can now easily buy books an invest in your community at the same time.
Audiobooks.com: It doesn’t get more minimalist than this. As much as I enjoy reading a real paper book, audiobooks take up much less space, and they make a car ride or folding laundry a much more enjoyable experience. And there’s a free-trial.
Primary.com: If you are going to get new kids clothes, then this is the place to get them. I personally like to get second hand clothes, and I really don’t get clothes for my kids too often, because we have plenty of hand-me-downs from friends… BUT if I do get new clothes, this is usually where I shop. They are ethically made. Their entire philosophy is based on minimalist principles. Every child should be a billboard-free zone. The clothes you’ll find here are all simple, durable, and free of logos, busy designs, and characters. My favorite part about these clothes is that they are versatile. I can create a bit of a “capsule wardrobe” for my kids with a minimal amount of items. Use code AFF25PCT for 25% off your first order.